renewal (rih-NOO-wul) listen


  • n. An alternative stream of rabbis and congregations, independent of the "mainstream" denominations, that fosters an open and experimental approach to Judaism, often drawing from the Jewish mystical tradition and non-Jewish spiritual traditions.

  • n. Practices and beliefs in keeping with the philosphy of the renewal movement.

Example Sentences

  • "Jewish renewal is a worldwide, transdenominational movement grounded in Judaism’s prophetic and mystical traditions." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
  • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


  • North America
  • South Africa
  • Australia / New Zealand


  • None

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